Now with single owner Capricorn Business Park set to move forward in Sandbach, Cheshire, England, UK

[GBP Note:  Reclaiming brownfield locations is a great way to to preserve green space while mitigating a problem site.  Although the development costs may be higher this is a fine example of how to be a "green" business park.]
Fresh plans to develop Capricorn Business Park in Sandbach to create 777 jobs

Aug 22 2012 by Simon Halewood,

As published in Crewe Chronicle

FRESH plans to develop the Capricorn Business Park in Sandbach have been unveiled.

Plans for the site, off Old Mill Road, have been plagued with problems since they were first announced in 1989 by three landowners who each held a portion of it.

But now, developer W&S Sandbach, which has taken ownership of the entire site, has announced a scheme to deliver a ‘Gateway To Sandbach’ with the creation of 777 jobs.

The developer has held a pre-application meeting with Sandbach Town Council for the plans which – as part of phase one – include a mixture of office buildings, a budget hotel/family pub, restaurants, coffee shops and a gym as well as 250 homes.

It is expected that phase one would be completed within five years, as part of 20 year three-phase plan.

The developer has also pledged to deliver long-awaited ‘major road enhancements’ at the nearby M6 Junction 17, should the scheme be given the go-ahead.

As opposed to the majority of planning applications currently being proposed in the town, which target development on lucrative green fields, the Capricorn scheme would be built on brown-field land, a site designated by local leaders for development.

A spokesman for W&S Sandbach said: “ This site has always had great potential, and now that Capricorn is under single ownership, with solid financial backing, we’re ready to hit the ground running.

“Interest from some very well-known companies and brands has been amazing, and because we will be studying carefully what the people of Sandbach need and want, we will be able to take a responsible attitude to locating sustainable occupants.

“This development is in the Sandbach Draft Strategy as preferred location for employment and housing opportunities, and phase one alone will bring 777 skilled and semi-skilled jobs to the site, as well as being a boost to the local construction industry.

“Because of its location, it will provide a prestigious position for siting of company head offices – which is one of the keys to its potential as a provider of quality employment.”

The spokesman added: “The easing of the notorious problems at M6 motorway junction 17 through major road enhancements is seen as a win-win situation for all parties, as Sandbach gets much-needed employment and facilities, without the inevitable traffic problems that would come with development that is closer to the town.

“It will also have the twin benefit of minimal impact on existing properties whilst re-invigorating Sandbach.”

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